was built by URA and the opening organised by them with a large contingent from the local constituency. NParks supported the event by putting up a little display of mangrove specimens at the Boardwalk. It was a big hit!
Raem shared more about the many fascinating plants that can be found in Singapore's mangroves. In fact, he was the one who gathered all these fresh specimens early in the morning specially for this event.
how balloons and soft plastics kill sea turtles, slowly and painfully.
|An exploded ballon looks very much like a jellyfish!|
This was seen at Cyrene Reef.
DIY Trail-Guide on the NParks website.
Berlayar Creek is a narrow tidal stream next to Labrador Nature Reserve and Keppel Golf Club. The stream is flanked by among the last mangroves on the Western mainland, and flows onto natural rocky shores, sandy shores, some seagrasses and a bit of reefy shores at the deeper edges! There are crabs, snails, sea anemones, sponges and more. Here's more about what I had seen here in the past.In fact, the shores are so rich that volunteers of the Leafmonkey Workshop conducted the finale of the Guides of Singapore shores workshops with a field trip to Berlayar Creek to practice what we had learned. One of the most exciting mangrove trees here are the Bakau pasir (Rhizophora stylosa) which is listed as vulnerable. There are several of these trees along Berlayar Creek. According to Dr John Yong "most importantly, botanically speaking for Singapore, Tanjung Berlayar is the only place on Singapore mainland to have at least 10 trees of Rhizophora stylosa."
This shore is so nice that is used by Real Biologists like Karenne Tun and Beverly Goh in their teaching effort. I had met them with some teachers from NIE who are keen to learn more about how to conduct field work for their students.
In May 2010, I had also joined a kayaking trip up Berlayar Creek! It was a tranquil and certainly non-destructive way to closerly explore the mangroves!It was with trepidation that I learnt of plans to build the boardwalk. Information released suggested a slim boardwalk that doesn't impact the existing mangroves. Earlier media reports on the boardwalk assured that "construction work would be carried out carefully to ensure that the ecosystem would not be affected". The 960m Berlayer Creek Mangrove Trail is touted as an "'Eco-Educational' mangrove trail starts with a lushly landscaped Entrance Plaza at the open area surrounding the future Labrador Park MRT Station."
Mar 2011 I saw an astonishing extent of large steel girders have been placed very close to one another along the entire boardwalk route.
July 2011 I was astounded at the progress of the construction at Berlayar Creek for the boardwalk. The humungous steel girders pounded into the shore seems to only be to allow the huge machinery to construct a much narrower boardwalk!
sensitively constructed on shores like Chek Jawa and Sungei Buloh, I'm quite surprised at the massive scale of the work on this boardwalk. I'm not sure how the shores coped with this construction as I have yet to visit it since the construction began in Mar 11.
Nov 07 and Dec 07. Volunteers did another clean up in Aug 2010. Our work on the issue of abandoned driftnets and traps have since 2011 been consolidated under Project Driftnet. I'm not sure how the boardwalk will affect this sort of destructive behaviour.
Here's the big bag of golf balls I picked up from the shore during just one trip. Others also picked up more balls!
The completion of the boardwalk means more opportunities for ordinary people to interact with the mangroves and other seashore life at Berlayar Creek. A great chance to raise awareness! But also many other challenges. If you would like to make a difference, do contact NParks at Labrador Nature Reserve. They will always appreciate volunteer assistance and ideas to create positive influences through the new boardwalk!
Thanks to Yuet Hsin for inviting me to the event, and Raem and Wei Ling for a great morning in the mangroves. It was great also to catch up with so many friends afterwards!
More about flora and fauna seen on Berlayar on previous trips:
- Finale of the Guides of Singapore Shores work shop in Aug 10
- More mangrove flora and fauna seen in Mar 09.
- More rocky shore creatures and big trees at Bukit Cermin seen in Mar 09.
- More reefy creatures seen during a low tide seen in Apr 09.
- Quick look at Berlayar shore in Jan 09.
- Canoeing up Berlayar mangroves in May 10.